What’s At Stake Tonight?

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – One more night. We have 977 games in the books, with 13 more to go.

The regular season is over for the Clippers, Pacers, Suns and Thunder. And four of the eight playoff matchups are set. They are…

Indiana (3) vs. Orlando (6) - Pacers have home-court advantage (Games 1, 2, 5 and 7 in their building)

Atlanta (5) vs. Boston (4) – Home-court advantage TBD (see below)

San Antonio (1) vs. Utah (8) – Spurs have home-court advantage

Memphis (4 or 5) vs. L.A. Clippers (4 or 5) – Home-court advantage TBD (see below)

But there’s still a lot to be determined on this final night of the 2011-12 regular season. Here’s a rundown…

(H) = Home team

The No. 1 overall seed

The Bulls and Spurs are each 49-16 and have each clinched the No. 1 seed in their respective conference. The Bulls hold the head-to-head tiebreaker, thanks to their 96-89 victory in San Antonio on Feb. 29. So…

Bulls are the overall No. 1 seed if…
Chicago (H) beats Cleveland
OR
Golden State (H) beats San Antonio

Spurs are the overall No. 1 seed if…
Cleveland beats Chicago
AND
San Antonio beats Golden State

The No. 1 overall seed only matters if the two No. 1 seeds meet in The Finals, which last happened in 2008.

Eastern Conference seeds 7 and 8

The Knicks and Sixers are both 35-30, with the Knicks holding the tie-breaker, thanks to a 2-1 head-to-head advantage. The No. 7 seed will play the Heat in the first round, and the No. 8 seed will play the Bulls.

Knicks are the No. 7 seed if…
New York beats Charlotte (H)
OR
Detroit (H) beats Philadelphia

Sixers are the No. 7 seed if…
Charlotte beats New York
AND
Philadelphia beats Detroit

Home-court advantage in Celtics-Hawks series

The Celtics are the No. 4 seed in the East, having won the Atlantic Division (division winners are automatically a top-four seed). And the Hawks are No. 5. But no matter the seeding, home-court advantage always belongs to the team with the better record. Right now, that’s the Hawks at 39-26. But the Celtics (38-27) are just a game behind and hold the tie-breaker, thanks to a 2-1 head-to-head advantage. So…

Hawks have home-court advantage if…
Atlanta (H) beats Dallas
OR
Milwaukee beats Boston (H)

Celtics have home-court advantage if…
Dallas beats Atlanta
AND
Boston beats Milwaukee

Western Conference seeds 6 and 7

The Nuggets (37-28) are currently a game ahead of the Mavericks (36-29) for the No. 6 seed in the West, but the Mavs hold the tie-breaker, thanks to a 3-1 head-to-head advantage. The No. 6 seed will face the Lakers in the first round, while the No. 7 seed will face the Thunder. So …

Nuggets are the No. 6 seed if…
Denver beats Minnesota (H)
OR
Atlanta (H) beats Dallas

Mavericks are the No. 6 seed if…
Minnesota beats Denver
AND
Dallas beats Atlanta

Home-court advantage in Clippers-Grizzlies series

The Clippers finished the season at 40-26. The Grizzlies are 40-25, hosting the Magic tonight. The Clippers have the tie-breaker, thanks to a 2-1 head-to-head advantage. So…

Grizzlies are the 4 seed and have home-court advantage if…
Memphis (H) beats Orlando

Clippers are the 4 seed and have home-court advantage if…
Orlando beats Memphis

Worst winning percentage in NBA history

The Charlotte Bobcats have lost 22 straight games and now stand at 7-58. If they finish the season at 7-59, they will have the worst winning percentage in NBA history: 0.106. But if they can beat the Knicks for their eighth win of the season, they’ll finish at 0.121, ahead of the 1972-73 Sixers, who went 9-73 (0.110). So…

2011-12 Bobcats are the worst team in NBA history if…
New York beats Charlotte (H)

1972-73 Sixers are the worst team in NBA history if…
Charlotte beats New York

Scoring champion

(Editor’s note: SI.com’s Sam Amick tweeted Thursday afternoon that Lakers coach Mike Brown said Bryant will not play in the finale vs. Sacramento, thus giving Durant the scoring crown. Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell confirmed the report via Twitter: “Kobe has said that the scoring title isn’t important to him, & will prove it by not playing at SAC. Eyes only for another ring.”)

Kevin Durant finished the season with 1,850 points in 66 games, an average of 28.03 per game. Kobe Bryant currently has 1,616 points in 58 games, an average of 27.86 per game. So…

Kevin Durant is the scoring champion if…
Kobe Bryant doesn’t play at Sacramento
OR
Bryant plays and scores less than 38 points

Kobe Bryant is the scoring champion if…
Bryant plays and scores 38 points or more

Lottery odds and draft position

The Bobcats will have the best odds (1 in 4 chance) to get the No. 1 pick at the May 30 Lottery. The Wizards will have the second-best odds. After that, things are still in the air, with three teams currently with 21 wins, two with 22, one with 23, and another with 24. All those teams play tonight, with two of them – New Jersey and Toronto — going head-to-head.

If Lottery teams are tied at the end of the season, the combinations for those Lottery positions are split evenly. But a drawing is held on Friday to determine which team gets the extra combination (if it’s an odd total) and which team is gets the higher pick should neither team move up into the top three.

***

One final note: The Heat can tie the Thunder at 47-19 with a win in Washington tonight, but Oklahoma City would still have home-court advantage if the two teams met in The Finals. They split their head-to-head meetings, but the Thunder have the next tie-breaker for Finals home-court, which is record vs. the opposite conference. OKC went 13-5 against the East, while Miami went 11-7 against the West.

160 Comments

  1. Maxi says:

    I’m just so excited to these play-offs!
    Lot’s of athlets/managers/coaches have lots to prove this season!
    The thing I like most – We all forget all these half good half stupid/childish comments/predictions after first tip-off/final buzzer!
    For sure some predictions would be right – we’ll we have at least 100 optins just in this article!
    Groove baby! – no matter who wins – it’s gonna be cool!

  2. BOSTON IS WAY BETTER THAN HEAT. I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST LEBRON OR WADE BUT THEY DON’T HAVE CHAMPIONSHIP EXPERIENCE, ONLY WADE

  3. cottonBall says:

    Clippers vs Hawks NBA Finals!

  4. heat #1 fan says:

    My prediction… NONE of you know what you talkin bout and all of you are wrong!!!! the only thing right is lebron MVP!!!!

  5. LAFan says:

    I’ll put my predictions out there
    West
    Spurs v. Jazz- Spurs in 6
    OKC v. Mavs- OKC in 7
    LAL v. Nuggets- LAL in 6
    Grizzlies vs LAC- Grizz in 7

    East
    Bulls vs 76ers: Bulls in 6
    Hawks vs Celtics: Celtics in 6
    Heat vs Knicks: Heat in 5
    Pacers vs Magic: Pacers in 6

    Semi Finals
    West
    Spurs v. Grizzlies- Spurs in 7
    LAL vs OKC- OKC in 7

    East
    Bulls v. Celtics- Bulls in 6
    Heat v. Pacers- Heat in 6

    Conference Finals
    Spurs v. OKC- OKC in 7
    Bulls v. Heat- Heat in 7

    Finals
    OKC v. Heat- OKC in 7
    Finals MVP- Durant
    MVP- Lebron
    COY- Pop

  6. Jason Ramroop says:

    i hate it when star players don’t play for their last game of the regular season. i know they are resting for the playoffs but its really disappointing for the fans. i know from personal experience.

  7. celtics biggest fan says:

    # all i got to say is celtics are winning banner number 18 goin up

  8. tom says:

    do u guys think memphis are a chance to win the championship?

  9. jose says:

    the hawks will beat the c’s 4-1 and they will beat orlando or indiana and then they will lose to chicago or miami

  10. Reality says:

    First Round:

    Bulls beats Red Sox
    Heat beats Yankees
    Patriots beats Spurs
    Packers beats Thunder

    Second Round:

    Ferrari beats Federer
    Man United beats Lakers
    Bert beats Ernie
    Mikey Moore beats Lebron

    Final:

    Mac beats Windows

  11. CELTICS ALL DAY THEY ARE GOING TO BEAT HAWKS IN 6 AND THEN ARE GOING TO BEAT THE BULLS IN 7 AND THEN ARE GOING TO BEAT THE HEAT IN 6 AND THEN ARE GOING TO BEAT THUNDER IN 6

  12. James Nelson says:

    1. Spurs vs 8.Jazz = Spurs in 6
    2.OKC vs 7.Mavs = Thunder in 5
    3.LAL vs 6.Nugs = Nugs on 6
    4. Grizz vs Clips = Grizz in 7

    1.Spurs vs 4.Grizz = Spurs in 7
    2. OKC vs 6.Nugs = OKC in 6

    1.Spurs vs 2.OKC = OKC in 6

    OKC in Finals.

  13. Thereesonable says:

    My predictiones:

    WEST

    Spurs vs Jazz: Spurs in 4
    Grizzlies vs Cliperrs: Grizz in 7
    Thunder vs Mavs: Thunder in 5
    Lakers vs Nuggets: Lakers in 6

    EAST

    Bulls vs 76ers: Bulls in 5
    Hawks vs Celtics: Celtics in 6
    Heat vs Knicks: Heat in 4
    Pacers vs Magic: Pacers in 5

    Conference semi-finals

    WEST
    San Antonio vs Grizzlies: San antonio in 7
    Thunder vs Lakers: Thunder in 6

    EAST
    Bulls vs Celtics: Celtics in 6
    Heat vs Pacers: Heat in 5

    Conference Finals:
    Celtics vs Heat: Heat in 7
    San antonio vs: Thunder in 6

    Finals:
    Thunder vs Heat: Heat in 6

    Finals MVP: Dwyane Wade
    Mvp: Lebron James
    Scoring: Kevin Durant
    Coach: Pop
    6th man: Taj Gibson
    Defensive: Howard

  14. KobeSystem says:

    Haha, what’s with the guy talking about “The Celtics are supreme.. period”. If it’s period, then end it there, don’t repeat it a million times. Lakers will lose in the conference finals to Thunder, Celtics might beat the Bulls, ONLY because Derrick Rose is less than 100%. But won’t manage well against LeBron and Dwayne Wade kicking it up a few gears in the playoffs. Heat will probably take the championship home from the Thunder this year. But all the teams in the bracket are great, maybe with the exception of the Utah Jazz, missing a key piece or two from being a real contender, or maybe just some experience. Just my opinion, don’t have to slash me out a bunch. Just stay calm. Surprises and upsets are always possible, we’ll see in a few months. Good luck to all competing teams.

  15. Leo says:

    Prediction
    Preliminaries:
    West:
    1.Spurs vs 8.Jazz: Spurs in 5
    2.Thunder vs 7. Mavs: Thunder in 6
    3.Lakers vs. 6.Denver: Lakers in 7
    4.Memphis vs. 5. Clippers: Memphis 6

    East:
    1.Bulls vs 8.Sixers: Bulls in 5
    2.Heat vs 7. Knicks: Heat in 6
    3.Pacers vs 6.Magic: Pacers in 5
    4.Hawks vs 5.Celtics: Celtics in 6

    Semi-Finals
    West:
    1.Spurs vs 4.Memphis: Memphis in 6
    2. Thunder vs. 3.Lakers: Lakers in 7

    East:
    1.Bulls vs 5.Celtics: Bulls in 6
    2.Heat vs 3.Pacers: Heat in 6

    Conference Finals:
    West:
    3.Lakers vs. 4.Memphis: Memphis in 7

    East:
    1.Bulls vs 2.Heat: Bulls in 7

    Finals:
    1.Bulls vs 4.Memphis: Bulls in 7

    NOTE:Baring in mind an healthy Rose and that Miami doesn’t bang Deng`s wrist like last time also a choke from Lebron and the disappearance of Bosh cause once he is taken out of his game he disappears and the Bulls beat them, also Lucas III could go crazy again and drop 24 on Lebron lol

  16. luis arzeno says:

    .Spurs vs. 8 Jazz=Spurs in 4
    4.Grizzlies vs 5.Clippers=Grizzlies in 6
    3.Lakers vs 6.Nuggets=Lakers in 6
    2.Thunder vs 7.Mavs=Thunder in 5(if westbrook plays good)

    East
    1.Bulls vs 8. Sixers=Bulls in 6
    4.Celtics vs. 5.Hawks= idk cuz will be a tough matchup
    3.Pacers vs. 6.Magic=Pacers in 5 (no dwight howard)
    2.Heat vs. 7.Knicks=Heat in 5

    Semi-Finals
    West
    1.Spurs vs. 4.Grizzlies= a tough matchup too
    2. Thunder vs 3. Lakers=Thunder in 6

    East
    1. Bulls vs. 5 Celtics= Bulls in 6
    2. Heat vs. 3. Pacers=Heat in 5

    Conference Finals
    1.Spurs vs. 2. Thunder = Thunder in 6
    1 bulls vs. 2. Heat=Heat in 6

    Finals
    2. Heat vs. 1. Spurs= heat in 6 or 7( of course if lebron can play like he do on the playoffs)

    Finals MVP: LeBron James
    MVP: lebron james
    DPOY: tyson chandler
    rookie: kyle irving

    sorry for my bad english hope u liked!!!

  17. chichi miwa says:

    as much as i want kobe to get the scoring title, he wont

  18. mavs fan says:

    Never doubt the MAVS! They’ll prove ya’ll wrong.

  19. Heat Fan says:

    I am obviously wrong, but i thought after the head to head record, games were seeded by your record in your own conference, which would put the Heat above OKC (if they win tonight).
    My prediction is Bulls to beat the Heat to play OKC in the final. (Hope I’m wrong though)

  20. FOR THOSE OF U WHO SAYS AMARE IS OUT HES PLAYED 3 GAMES ALREADY AND READY FOR PLAYOFF TIME JUST CHECK THE PST 3 GAMES THE KNICKS HAVE PLAYED[AMARE MADE A GAME-WINNING BLOCK VS. HAWKS TO WIN GAME ON MARVIN WILLIAMS]

  21. NYG27 says:

    You boston fans are pathetic. The celtics won’t make it past the first round, let alone the finals.

    West
    1.Spurs vs. 8 Jazz=Spurs in 4

    4.Grizzlies vs 5.Clippers=Grizzlies in 7- CP3 Isn’t going down without a fight

    3.Lakers vs 6.Nuggets=Lakers in 4

    2.Thunder vs 7.Mavs=Thunder in 5-How are the mavs supposed to stop OKC’S explosiveness?

    East
    1.Bulls vs 8. Sixers=Bulls in 4-Is there one reason philly can win this

    4.Celtics vs. 5.Hawks=Hawks in 6-The overrated celtics have no one to stop joe johnson, josh smith

    3.Pacers vs. 6.Magic=Pacers in 4-This game is orlando’s bench vs indy’s starters.

    2.Heat vs. 7.Knicks=Knicks in 7-Ok before the heat band wagoners arrive, we all know lebron thinks basketball doesn’t have a fourth quarter and when he realizes it, he chokes, wade will be slowed by shump, and Melo is playing better basketball than anyone right now

  22. neutral fan-ship says:

    1.Spurs vs. 8 Jazz=Spurs in 4
    4.Grizzlies vs 5.Clippers=Grizzlies in 6
    3.Lakers vs 6.Nuggets=Lakers in 6
    2.Thunder vs 7.Mavs=Thunder in 5(if westbrook plays good)

    East
    1.Bulls vs 8. Sixers=Bulls in 6
    4.Celtics vs. 5.Hawks=Celtics in 6
    3.Pacers vs. 6.Magic=Pacers in 6
    2.Heat vs. 7.Knicks=Heat in 5

    Semi-Finals
    West
    1.Spurs vs. 4.Grizzlies=Spurs in 7
    2. Thunder vs 3. Lakers=Thunder in 6

    East
    1. Bulls vs. 5 Celtics= Bulls in 7
    2. Heat vs. 3. Pacers=Heat in 5

    Conference Finals
    1.Spurs vs. 2. Thunder = Thunder in 6
    5. Celtics vs. 2. Heat=Heat in 7

    Finals
    2. Heat vs. 1. Spurs= Spurs in 7

    Finals MVP: LeBron James( if not D-wade comes clutch this year)

  23. 1st round
    Knicks vs. Heats: Knicks in 7
    Bulls vs. Sixers: Bulls in 5
    Celtics vs. Hawks: C’s in 5
    Pacers vs. Magic: Pacers in 6
    West
    Spurs vs. Jazz: Spurs in 5
    Thunder vs. Mavs: Mavs in 7 cuz remeber everybody said mavs were going to lose in the finals and they actually won
    Lakers vs. Nuggets: L.A. in 6
    Memphis vs. Clippers: Clips in 7

    Semi-Finals
    Knicks vs.Pacers: Knicks in 4
    Bulls vs. Celtics:C’s in 7

    West
    Spurs vs.Clippers: Spurs in 7
    Mavs vs. Lakers: Lakers in 7

    Conference Finals
    Knicks vs. Celtics: Knicks in 7

    West
    Spurs vs. Lakers: Lakers in 7

    FINALS
    KNICKS VS. LAKERS: KNICKS WIN IN 7 NY CHAMPIONS MY

    FINALS MVP; MELO
    MVP: LBJ
    ROY: IMAN SHUMPERT
    DFY:TYSON CHANDLER
    COY: MIKE WOODSON
    MIP: KEVIN LOVE
    6TH MAN: STEVE NOVAK

    GOO KNICKSSS!!!!! MELO,AMARE,TYSON BIG 3

  24. Reality says:

    First Round

    West
    1.Spurs vs. 8 Jazz=Spurs in 4
    4.Grizzlies vs 5.Clippers=Grizzlies in 6
    3.Lakers vs 6.Nuggets=Lakers in 5
    2.Thunder vs 7.Mavs=Thunder in 5

    East
    1.Bulls vs 8. Sixers=Bulls in 4
    4.Celtics vs. 5.Hawks=Celtics in 5
    3.Pacers vs. 6.Magic=Pacers in 5
    2.Heat vs. 7.Knicks=Heat in 5

    Semi-Finals
    West
    1.Spurs vs. 4.Grizzlies =Spurs in 6
    3.Lakers vs 2.Thunder =Thunder in 7

    East
    4.Celtics vs. 1.Bulls=Bulls in 5
    3.Pacers vs. 2.Heat =Heat in 4

    Conference Finals
    1.Spurs vs. 2. Thunder = Spurs in 7
    1. Bulls vs 2. Heat = Heat in 6

    Finals: Spurs vs Heat = Spurs in 6

    The Celtics would beat the Heat, but they can’t beat the Bulls. So bad match ups for the Celtics and then for the Bulls.

  25. real says:

    eastern conference finals(raptors vs bobcats) bobcats in game 7
    western conference finals(sacromento vs new orleans) hor nets in game 4
    FINALS(bobcats vs hornets) bobcats in game 6

    JAMARIO MOON FINALS MVP

    REAL SHYT

  26. Also Personally I Take Pacers Goin To Eastern Finals Other Than Miami But Losin To Chi-Town Of Course Cuz Miami Ain’t Got No Big Man To Stop Hibbert.

  27. Celtic Fan says:

    Like Charles Barkley says, “no matter where Atlanta plays Boston in Boston, Atlanta, or Tokyo, the Hawks WON’T beat the Celtics.”

  28. Predictor says:

    First Round

    West
    1.Spurs vs. 8 Jazz=Spurs in 6
    4.Grizzlies vs 5.Clippers=Grizzlies in 7
    3.Lakers vs 6.Nuggets=Lakers in 7
    2.Thunder vs 7.Mavs=Thunder in 6

    East
    1.Bulls vs 8. Sixers=Bulls in 4
    4.Celtics vs. 5.Hawks=Celtics in 6
    3.Pacers vs. 6.Magic=Pacers in 4
    2.Heat vs. 7.Knicks=Knicks in 7

    Semi-Finals
    West
    1.Spurs vs. 4.Grizzlies=Spurs in 7
    2. Thunder vs 3. Lakers=Thunder in 7

    East
    1. Bulls vs. 5 Celtics=Celtics in 7
    2. Knicks vs. 3. Pacers=Knicks in 7

    Conference Finals
    1.Spurs vs. 2. Thunder = Spurs in 6
    5. Celtics vs. 2. Knicks = Celtics in 5

    Finals
    Celtics vs. Spurs = Celtics in 7

    Finals MVP: Rajon Rondo
    MVP: Kevin Durant
    COY: Pop
    6th Man: James Harden
    ROY: Kyrie Irving
    DPY: Serge Ibaka
    Most Improved Player: Jeremy Lin

  29. Are You Guys Dumb .? I’m A Lakers Fan But Mike Brown Doesn’t Have The Coaching Skills To Bring Them To The NBA Finals Let Alone Western Finals. Look At 2008 Eastern Playoffs, Magic Beatin Cavs Wit Mike Brown As Coach, Be Realistic.

  30. Angelo says:

    Spurs-Utah=SA5(self-explanatory)
    OKC-DAL=DAL7(Better Team D& half-court O, Experience)
    LAL-DEN=LA4(no1 to stop Bynum)
    LAC-MEM=MEM6(CP3 guarded by Allen, Blake will be hammered every 5mins, too much frontcourt power)

    EAST
    CHI-PHI=CHI4
    MIA-NYK=MIA7(NYK will push the MIA to their limits with their deeper bench but LBJ+DWade will still be a potent combo)
    (Amare is not a really a “POWER” 4, so Bosh will not have much of a problem, LBJ/BAttier could contain Melo)
    IND-ORL=IND5(No Dwight, No Way)
    CEL-ATL=CEL6(just my gut feeling)

  31. jcnp says:

    it funny how unsmart you guys sound like by saying unreal things like heat vs spurs or heat vs thunder or heat vs anyone the fact is that the heat will be lucky to get out of the first round and if they do they will deff not make it out of the second lol BULLS ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! frankly i dont care who comes out the west because none of them can beat the BULLS in a playoff matchup

  32. Mark B says:

    First Round
    West

    1.Spurs vs. 8 Jazz=Spurs in 4
    4.Grizzlies vs 5.Clippers=Clippers in 7
    3.Lakers vs 6.Nuggets=Lakers in 5
    2.Thunder vs 7.Mavs=Thunder in 6

    East
    1.Bulls vs 8. Sixers=Bulls in 6
    4.Celtics vs. 5.Hawks=Celtics in 6
    3.Pacers vs. 6.Magic=Pacers in 5
    2.Heat vs. 7.Knicks=Heat in 6

    Semi-Finals
    West
    1.Spurs vs. Clippers =Spurs in 7
    3.Lakers vs Thunder =Lakers in 7

    East
    4.Celtics vs. 1.Bulls=Bulls in 6
    3.Pacers vs. Heat =Heat in 5

    Conference Finals
    1.Spurs vs. 3. Lakers = Lakers in 7
    1. Bulls vs 2. Heat = Bulls in 6

    Finals: Lakers vs Bulls = Bulls in 7

    • Ray Ramos says:

      Works for me!

      Barring injury and based on their motivation from last year’s results the Bulls will do it. This could be a memorable playoffs, it’s a shame we couldn’t enjoy a little Linsanity, it could have been historic.

      GO BULLS!

  33. 1greatplayer says:

    most of you are a bunch of idiots and typing a bunch of B.S. from behind a computer screen. mavericks won last year and no one saw it coming, how can you predict who wins this year? all of you shut up and enjoy the playoffs.

  34. Reece says:

    Even without Howard Orlando will beat the Grizzlies and go far in the play-off’s

  35. Hawks 4 Life says:

    Hawks vs Celtics wow i love when they play during the regular season but a whole playoff series is going to be great. And celtics fans who think its gunna be easy??? You’ll be yelling at the tv quite a bit this year, Goodluck Celtics!

  36. kobe will not play tonight good move hes a veteran he knows how to prepare and come to play in the playoffs.

  37. j!m says:

    meet me at the rim so i can show you a real man

  38. diehardNFFLbarnone says:

    No Dwight Howard, possibly no Glen “Big Baby” Davis, and possibly no Hedo Turkoglu and yet y’all think the Magic will take even one game from the Pacers, much less be competitive in ANY? Y’all a bunch of delusional Magic homers.

    • uoykcuf says:

      meh, even if they did have howard back, he will either a) strangle SVG b) have another FAKE suregery

  39. chris says:

    magic win!

    howard is terrible center anyway – i smart man!!!

    CLOWNS DANCING IN THE STREET TONGIGHT

  40. Mr.305 says:

    Rookie of the year goes to Irving hands-down.

  41. Mr.305 says:

    Sixth Man- James Harden
    Most improved- Jeremy Lin, Or Josh Smith
    MVP- Lebron James
    Defensive Player- Tyson Chandler, Or Howard. Throw James into consideration as well.
    Coach of the year- Thibs.
    Although maybe controversial, what coach thibs did for the Bulls cannot be stressed enough. He not only held the team together after the reigning mvp and superstar of the team went down, he led them to first place in the eastern conference. His defensive schemes have shut down some of the best in the league. I give credit where credit is due. Shout out to Coach Popovich as well.

  42. Fred says:

    West
    Spurs(1)4-1Jazz(8)
    Clippers(4 or 5)4-2(4 or 5)Grizzlies
    Lakers(3)4-1(6)Nuggets
    Thunder(2)4-0(7)Mavericks

    East
    Bulls(1)4-0(8)76ers
    Celtics(4)4-3(5)Hawks
    Pacers(3)2-4(6)Magic
    Heat(2)3-4(7)Knicks

    Semis
    Bulls 4-2 Celtics
    Magic 4-2 Knicks
    Spurs 4-3 Clippers
    Thunder 4-1 Lakers

    Conference Finals
    Bulls 4-2 Magic
    Spurs 2-4 Thunder

    The Finals
    Bulls 3-4 Thunder

    MVP:Kevin Durant
    Scoring Title:Kobe Bryant
    Finals MVP:Kevin Durant
    Rookie of the Year:Kyrie Irving
    Most Improved Player:Ryan Anderson OR J-Lin

  43. marvin says:

    everyone saying boston is old and they would finish 8th seed but look where they are. boston will make too much noise this year with bradley developing as a great defender and finding his shooting range. the knicks didnt wiin one game against miami but if they meet first round its going to be a couple of wims there. dont sleep on the underdogs like everyone did on dallas.

  44. marvin says:

    Round 1:
    Chi-Phili: Chicago in 6
    NY V. Mia- Miami in 6
    Bos V. Atlanta: Boston in 5 or 6 if hawks get lucky
    Indiana V magic: Indiana in 5 or 6 if magic get lucky

    Spurs V Jazz: Spurs in 6
    OKC – Dallas: Dallas in 7
    LAL-Den: Lakers In 6
    Memphis-LAC Clippers In 7

    Round 2: Mia-Chi Chicago In 7
    Boston Indiana- boston in 6

    Spurs- Dallas: Spurs In 6
    LAL- LAC: LAL In 6

    Round 3: Chicago- Boston: Boston in 7
    LAL-Spurs: Spurs In 7

    Spurs- Boston: Boston In 6

  45. ABN says:

    First Round
    West

    1.Spurs vs. 8 Jazz=Spurs in 4
    4.Grizzlies vs 5.Clippers=Grizzlies in 6
    3.Lakers vs 6.Nuggets=Lakers in 6
    2.Thunder vs 7.Mavs=Thunder in 5

    East
    1.Bulls vs 8. Sixers=Bulls in 6
    4.Celtics vs. 5.Hawks=Celtics in 6
    3.Pacers vs. 6.Magic=Pacers in 5
    2.Heat vs. 7.Knicks=Heat in 4

    Semi-Finals
    West
    1.Spurs vs. 4.Grizzlies=Spurs in 6
    2. Thunder vs 3. Lakers=thunder in 7

    East
    1. Bulls vs. 4. Celtics=Bulls in 6
    2. Heat vs. 3. Pacers=Heat in 6

    Conference Finals
    1.Spurs vs. 2. Thunder= Spurs in 6
    1. Bulls vs. 2. Heat=Bulls in 7

    Finals
    1. Bulls vs. 1. Spurs= Spurs in 7

    Finals MVP: Tony Parker
    MVP: Kevin Durant
    COY: Pop
    6th Man: James Harden
    ROY: Kyrie Irving
    DPY: Tyson Chandler
    Most Improved Player: Jeremy Lin

  46. world piece of says:

    First Round
    West

    1.Spurs vs. 8 Jazz=Spurs in 5
    4.Clippers vs 5.Grizzlies=Grizzlies in 6
    3.Lakers vs 6.Nuggets=Lakers in 6
    2.Thunder vs 7.Mavs=Thunder in 5

    East
    1.Bulls vs 8. Sixers=Bulls in 6
    4.Celtics vs. 5.Hawks=Celtics in 6
    3.Pacers vs. 6.Magic=Pacers in 4
    2.Heat vs. 7.Knicks=Heat in 6

    Semi-Finals
    West
    1.Spurs vs. 5.Grizzlies=Grizzlies in 6
    2. Thunder vs 3. Lakers=Thunder in 7

    East
    1. Bulls vs. 4 Celtics=Celtics in 6
    2. Heat vs. 3. Pacers=Heat in 4

    Conference Finals
    2. Thunder vs. 5.Grizzlies=Grizzlies in 7
    2. Heat vs. 4 Celtics =Heat in 7

    Finals
    2. Heat vs. 5.Grizzlies=Heat in 6

    Finals MVP: LBJ
    MVP: LBJ
    COY: Tom Thibodeau
    6th Man: James Harden
    ROY: Kyrie Irving
    DPY: Tyson Chandler
    Most Improved Player: Lin
    Most BS Player: metta

  47. Yave says:

    Did I forget you joe

  48. Title 6 says:

    Spurs/Jazz – Spurs in 5
    Thunder/Mavs – Thunder in 6
    Lakers/Nuggets – Lakers in 5
    Clippers/Grizzlies – Grizzlies in 6

    Bulls/Sixers – Bulls in 4
    Heat/Knicks – Heat in 6
    Pacers/Magic – Pacers in 5
    Celtics/Hawks – Celtics in 6

    Spurs/Grizzlies – Grizzlies in 6
    Thunder/Lakers – Lakers in 6

    Bulls/Celtics – Bulls in 6
    Pacers/Heat – Heat in 5

    Lakers/Grizzlies – Lakers in 5
    Bulls/Heat – Bulls in 7

    Lakers/Bulls – Lakers in 6

    • nada says:

      Keep dreaming because Laker will go fishing after the first round just like last year…..

    • erxzed says:

      I am a die-hard Laker fan from the 80’s, and I would love to see Title6’s prediction come true. But realistically, I think with the team (and the bench) that we have now, I’m confident we will get through the 1st round but after this, against the Thunder will be little tough. We just don’t have the foot speed to match their backcourt. I know the game slows down in the playoffs and we have the bigs but we never use them consistently enough to our advantage…beats me why??

      • dioDApogi says:

        And yourself a die hard Laker Fan? The only team that might have a chance of beating the Lakeshow is the Spurs, this two team will face in the WCF. I think the Celtics will go for their last finals push this year before changing their rooster next year. Lakers vs. Celtics in the finals again!!!!

  49. Yave says:

    Screw you imperialism blazer fan(they are garbage anyway)John and Mavs fan12(they’re going to get swept by LAL or OKC)Orlando is going to beat Indiana in 6.

  50. Mr.305 says:

    The Heat bench although it may have been inconsistent at times, they have a few solid veterans such as miller, haslem, battier… James Jones too if he can get some min. i believe come playoff time they’ll fit their roles nicely around the big 3 and provide solid minutes. I don’t think NY would be able to beat Miami just because i don’t think they have the offensive firepower needed. Sure they have melo, but aside from him who else is a reliable scorer? Amare’s out, N so is Lin. However i do think they’d have a chance against the Bulls if Melo gets going and the bulls bench doesn’t play as well as it has been.. which i doubt, but none the less.
    1. Bulls vs Sixers- CHI in 4
    2. Heat vs Knicks – MIA in 6
    3. Pacers vs. Magic- IND in 5
    4. Celtics vs. Hawks- ATL in 6
    I take ATL over BOS only because of the much improved Josh Smith.
    In the West, i don’t think the Thunder would surprise anyone if they make it to the finals.
    1.Spurs vs Jazz- SA in 6
    2. Thunder vs. Mavs – OKC in 6
    3. Lakers vs. Nuggets- LAL in 5
    4. Clippers vs Grizzlies- LAC in 7
    I think the Grizzlies Clippers Match-up will be a good match-up, but the Cp3 led clips will win in the end.

  51. nbafan123 says:

    Actual Title Prediction that makes sense:

    East:
    Bulls (1) vs. Sixers (8): Bulls in 5
    Heat (2) vs. Knicks (7): Heat in 5
    Pacers (3) vs. Magic (6): Pacers in 5
    Celtics (4) vs. Atlanta (5): Celtics in 6

    Bulls (1) vs. Celtics (4): Bulls in 6
    Heat (2) vs. Pacers (3): Heat in 5

    Bulls (1) vs. Heat (2): Bulls in 7

    West:
    Spurs (1) vs. Jazz (8): Spurs in 4
    Thunder (2) vs. Mavs (7): Thunder in 6
    Lakers (3) vs. Nuggets (6): Lakers in 5
    Grizzlies (4) vs. Clippers (5): Grizzlies in 7

    Spurs (1) vs. Grizzlies (4): Spurs in 7
    Thunder (2) vs. Lakers (3): Thunder in 7

    Spurs (1) vs. Thunder (2): Thunder in 7

    Finals: Bulls (1) vs. Thunder (2): Bulls in 7

    There. No more crazy predictions about the Hawks beating the Celtics, or the Celtics beating the Bulls, or any other crazy things that have been written. This makes sense. Want to argue?

  52. Bulls2012 says:

    MOCK BRACKET!!!!!!!!!

    WEST
    1.Spurs vs 8. Utah (Spurs in 6)
    2. OKC vs 7 Mavs (OKC in 5)
    3. Lakers vs 6. Denver(Lakers in 7)
    4.Memphis vs 5. Clippers (Memphis in 7)

    Spurs vs Memphis (Spurs in 7)
    OKC vs Lakers (OKC in 6)

    Spurs vs OKC (Spurs in 7) bz of homecourt advantage

    EAST
    1. Chicago vs 8. 76ers (Chicago in 5)
    2.Miami vs 7. New York(Miami in 7) I think this series can be one of the best in nba history (4 OT games)
    3. Pacers vs 6. Magic (pacers in 4)
    4. ATL vs 5. Boston( ATL in 7)

    Chicago vs ATL (Chicago in 6)
    Miami vs Pacers (Pacers in 7) Roy hibbert career playoff round with no big man on miami and david west going to have a good round

    Chicago vs Pacers (Chicago in 7) bz of homecourt and drose going to snap against collins

    CHAMPIONSHIP
    Bulls vs Spurs (Bulls in 7)

    MVP LOUL DENG!!!!

  53. 123kid says:

    These playoffs are gonna be very exciting even tho we all know, it’s almost a ‘make or break” season for MIA. There’s no more excuses, they have some talent on their bench(even tho they’ve been terrible the 2nd half of the season) and good team chemistry…I do see one upset dat’s highly probable others dat arent great but still can happen.
    West- Grizz>LAC. Clippers depend too much on Paul and I think Griffin’s lack of a good postgame doesnt allow him to be a clutch time, go-to Superstar. Grizzlies play great team basketball and play way better defense too. If they get home-court advantage, they have a better shot but even w/out it, they can still win in 7 games.
    Den>LAK. It’s possible becuz lakers have no bench while Denver is pretty deep and likes to run the break. It’s hard to doubt Kobe tho but he’ll need Bynum/Gasol to play good too.(Den can also take OKC to atleast 6games and give them a tough series)
    East-ATL>Bos. Highly possible especially if ATL gets homecourt advantage. BOS was playing good but Allen has had some injuries and ATL has been playing some good basketball lately. I see it goin 6 or 7 w/team dat gets homecourt advantage being the winner.

  54. Rm4 says:

    My projected playoff match ups and results (East):

    #1 Chicago Bulls vs. #8 Philadelphia 76ers – Chicago in 6
    #2 Miami Heat vs. #7 New York Knicks – Miami in 7 (Every home team wins)
    #3 Indiana Pacers vs. #6 Orlando Magic – Indiana in 5
    #4 Boston Celtics vs. #5 Atlanta Hawks – Boston in 5

    • Davon says:

      I agree with your predictions, yo….u sound like u know what ur talking about…….as an ending comment….The Boston Celtics are supreme, period

  55. Bobby Basketball says:

    Celtics-Hawks tiebreaker

    First tiebreaker is Divisional Champ, Second tiebreaker is head-to-head

    Boston gets home court by virtue of Atlantic Division championship v. Atlanta, if tie

  56. John says:

    Predicitons

    First Round
    West

    1.Spurs vs. 8 Jazz=Spurs in 6
    4.Grizzlies vs 5.Clippers=Clippers in 7
    3.Lakers vs 6.Nuggets=Lakers in 6
    2.Thunder vs 7.Mavs=Thunder in 5

    East
    1.Bulls vs 8. Sixers=Bulls in 5
    4.Celtics vs. 5.Hawks=Celtics in 7
    3.Pacers vs. 6.Magic=Magic in 6
    2.Heat vs. 7.Knicks=Heat in 6

    Semi-Finals
    West
    1.Spurs vs. 5.Grizzlies=Spurs in 7
    2. Thunder vs 3. Lakers=Thunder in 6

    East
    1. Bulls vs. 4. Celtics=Bulls in 7
    2. Heat vs. 6. Magic=Heat in 6

    Conference Finals
    4. Spurs vs. 2. Thunder = Spurs in 7
    1. Bulls vs. 2. Heat=Bulls in 6

    Finals
    1. Spurs vs 2. Heat = Spurs in 6
    Finals MVP: Manu Ginobili
    MVP: Kevin Durant
    COY: Popovitch
    ROY: Kyrie Erving
    DPOY: Serge Iblocka
    MIP: Ryan Anderson
    6th MAN: James Harden

  57. blackjays says:

    oh n if we’re doin that;

    1CHI VS 8PHI – CHI IN 5
    2MIA VS 7NYK – MIA IN 6
    3IND VS 6ORL – ORL IN 6 +++UPSET+++
    4BOS VS 5ATL – ATL IN 6

    1SAN VS 8UTA – SAN IN 6
    2OKC VS 7DAL – OKC IN 7
    3LAL VS 6DEN – LAL IN 5
    4MEM VS 5LAC – MEM IN 7

    1CHI VS 5ATL – CHI IN 6
    2MIA VS 6ORL – MIA IN 5

    1SAN VS 4MEM – MEM IN 6
    2OKC VS 3LAL – LAL IN 6

    1CHI VS 2MIA – MIA IN 5

    3LAL VS 4MEM – LAL IN 6

    FINALS – LEBRON VS KOBE FINALLY

    3LAL UPSETS 2MIA IN 6 GAMES

  58. M!LE$ says:

    j!m is the only semi-sane person leaving comments here. What are you all thinking? Have you been watching NBA games at the same place where you’re learning English? There is no way the Mavs are beating the Thunder in the 1st round. This isn’t last year… No love for the Thunder? Did anyone actually watch them play this year? Spurs look great right now but the West is wide open compared to the East. There are 4-5 teams that legitimately win the West. I’m a Knicks fan, but let’s be honest, they aren’t beating either Los Bulls or El Heat. One of those teams will represent the East.

  59. blackjays says:

    I think series matchups like Memphis/Clippers, Atlanta/Boston gonna come down to who has homecourt. So in that case I’d definetely favour Memphis and Atlanta winning their series’ right now.

  60. John says:

    THE MAGIC WILL LOSE!!!!

    • chris says:

      i agree whole-fartedly
      magic will loose

      • chris says:

        No, wait! Magic will win! they dont need no dwight. HOWARD-SCHMOWARD! they will pull themselves up by they’s shoe stwings and win some games. yall see. clowns will be dancing in the street tonight!

  61. chris says:

    shalizy-bixy-bo-bixy!!!!

    NUGGETS TAKE DOWN LAKERS

    i challenge anyone to think otherwise. do my brains think i’m crazy? nope!!!

    down with lakers.

    • chris says:

      wow – I sure smart!!! smart to not be a lakers fan. WOW yall in for sad times

    • Mr.305 says:

      Am not a Lakers fan by any stretch, but how could you say that? I mean yes the Nuggets are exciting and have a great coach, one of the best all-time.. But against the Lakers… Seriously? You can’t look at the situation in a bias form… The Lakers have Kobe Bryant, Gasol, and a much improved Bynum. Plus, Sessions is a great addition at point. I don’t think their getting bounced the first round.

      • chris says:

        i agree that you may be a university educated man and a well respected member of you neighborhood. but there is simply no way that… i forget what we’re talking about. you win on this one.

        bUT, I TELL YOU THE MAGIC WILL FACE THE MAVS IN THE FINALS. CLOWNS DANCING IN THE STREET!!!

    • Davon says:

      ur a fool, neither team is going anywhere….The Boston Celtics are supreme….period…..wait and see

      • uoykcuf says:

        This just in, Celtics wavied two spots and sign a stretcher and a wheel chair to their 11th and 12th spot.

  62. Joe says:

    I’ll throw mine out there:

    First Round
    West

    1.Spurs vs. 8 Jazz=Spurs in 5
    4.Grizzlies vs 5.Clippers=Grizzlies in 5
    3.Lakers vs 6.Nuggets=Lakers in 7
    2.Thunder vs 7.Mavs=Thunder in 6

    East
    1.Bulls vs 8. Sixers=Bulls in 6
    4.Celtics vs. 5.Hawks=Celtics in 6
    3.Pacers vs. 6.Magic=Pacers in 4
    2.Heat vs. 7.Knicks=Heat in 5

    Semi-Finals
    West
    1.Spurs vs. 5.Grizzlies=Grizzlies in 7
    2. Thunder vs 3. Lakers=Thunder in 5

    East
    1. Bulls vs. 4. Celtics=Bulls in 6
    2. Heat vs. 3. Pacers=Heat in 6

    Conference Finals
    4. Grizzlies vs. 2. Thunder = Thunder in 7
    1. Bulls vs. 2. Heat=Heat in 6

    Finals
    2. Thunder vs 2. Heat = Thunder in 6
    Finals MVP: Kevin Durant

  63. jorge21o says:

    First Round
    West

    1.Spurs vs. 8 Jazz=Spurs in 5
    4.Grizzlies vs 5.Clippers=Grizzlies in 6
    3.Lakers vs 6.Nuggets=Lakers in 6
    2.Thunder vs 7.Mavs=Thunder in 5

    East
    1.Bulls vs 8. Sixers=Bulls in 6
    4.Celtics vs. 5.Hawks=Celtics in 7
    3.Pacers vs. 6.Magic=Pacers in 6
    2.Heat vs. 7.Knicks=Heat in 5

    Semi-Finals
    West
    1.Spurs vs. 4.Grizzlies=Spurs in 6
    2. Thunder vs 3. Lakers=Lakers in 7

    East
    1. Bulls vs. 4. Celtics=Celtics in 7
    2. Heat vs. 3. Pacers=Heat in 6

    Conference Finals
    1.Spurs vs. 3. Lakers = Spurs in 6
    4. Celtics vs. 2. Heat=Heat in 6

    Finals
    2. Heat vs. 1. Spurs= Spurs in 7

    Finals MVP: Tony Parker
    MVP: Lebron James
    COY: Pop
    6th Man: James Harden
    ROY: Kyrie Irving
    DPY: Tyson Chandler
    Most Improved Player: Jeremy Lin

    • dioDApogi says:

      The thunder will choke against the MaVS, the Spurs wont win against the LakeShow!!!!!! The Heat will win against the Celtics? Are you kidding me? C’mon!!!!!!!

  64. WaniWan says:

    THE BULLS WILL WIN THEIR 7TH TITLE!!! 5 MEN CAN NOT STOP A HEARD OF RAGING BULLS!!! NOT EVEN 12!!! IT’S GOIN ON!! THE BULLS HAVE BEEN IN THE #1 SPOT SINCE X-MAS (FIRST DAY OF NBA) AND WILL WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP!!! AND WHEN THEY DO…..CHI-TOWN WILL HAVE A BLAST FROM THE PAST!!! AND WE INVITE ALL TO COME AND JOIN US CELEBRATE!!!!! EVEN YOU HATERS!!! CHICAGO WILL TREAT YOU WITH KINDNESS WHILE WE KICK-IT!!! DERICK AND THE BENCH-MOB WILL TAKE AND BRING THE TROPHY HOME AND MEET OUR WONDERFUL PRESIDENT AT THE WHITE HOUSE JUST AS OBAMA STATED!!!! AND TURN THE WHITE HOUSE RED AND BLACK!!!!

    • RobK says:

      Bulls are constructed to be a great REGULAR season team. Kinda like the Cleveland Cavaliers were a couple of years ago. They just don’t have enough to get the championship. They won’t even make it to the Eastern Finals… Sorry for the bad news, dude!

    • bulls!!!!!!!!!! says:

      We gonna kick it like its 1991 baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the year i was born and now the year i turn 21 lets get it bulls

  65. Reality Check 2 says:

    J!M, What have you been smoking? Thunder wont need 7 to beat the Mav’s and IF the Lakers make it out of the first round, the series wont go 7 and the Lakers wont be the team that advances.

    • dioDApogi says:

      I agree with J!M it will be Spurs vs. Lakeshow for the WCF, but for the ECF i think that it will be the Heat vs Celtics…… if lakers win the WCF then they will surely win the title either they face the heat or the celtics, but if Spurs win the WCF then they will win against the HEAT but not against the Celtics…….

  66. Lothar says:

    Joe Johnson will shock the world again! HAWKS IN 5

  67. j!m says:

    First Round
    West

    1.Spurs vs. 8 Jazz=Spurs in 4
    4.Grizzlies vs 5.Clippers=Grizzlies in 6
    3.Lakers vs 6.Nuggets=Lakers in 6
    2.Thunder vs 7.Mavs=Thunder in 7

    East
    1.Bulls vs 8. Sixers=Bulls in 4
    4.Celtics vs. 5.Hawks=Celtics in 6
    3.Pacers vs. 6.Magic=Pacers in 5
    2.Heat vs. 7.Knicks=Heat in 6

    Semi-Finals
    West
    1.Spurs vs. 4.Grizzlies=Spurs in 7
    2. Thunder vs 3. Lakers=Lakers in 7

    East
    1. Bulls vs. 4 Celtics=Bulls in 6
    2. Heat vs. 3. Pacers=Heat in 6

    Conference Finals
    1.Spurs vs. 3. Lakers=Lakers in 6
    1. Bulls vs. 2. Heat=Heat in 6

    Finals
    2. Heat vs. 3. Lakers=Lakers in 7

    Finals MVP: Kobe Bryant
    MVP: LeBron James
    COY: Greg Pop
    6th Man: James Harden
    ROY: Kyrie Irving
    DPY: Serge Ibaka
    Most Improved Player: J. Lin
    Best Looking Guy: j!m

    • my2cents says:

      Most reasonable predictions so far.

    • my2cents says:

      Most reasonable predictions so far.

      Not sure about Kobe as finals MVP though, and likewise with this j!m character…

    • KD says:

      Another Laker fan .. Lakers wont make it past round 2. They are a 1 man team when Kobe plays (Bynum only plays well when Kobe doesnt play) and they will be really poor on the defensive end without metta world peace. Be lucky to beat the Nuggets, Spurs or thunder against either bulls or heat

  68. Why do everyone thinks the knicks will beat the Bulls are they that disrespected around the league.

  69. Mavsfan12 says:

    First Round
    West

    1.Spurs vs. 8 Jazz=Spurs in 5
    4.Grizzlies vs 5.Clippers=Grizzlies in 7
    3.Lakers vs 6.Nuggets=Lakers in 6
    2.Thunder vs 7.Mavs=Mavs in 7

    East
    1.Bulls vs 8. Sixers=Bulls in 5
    4.Celtics vs. 5.Hawks=Celtics in 6
    3.Pacers vs. 6.Magic=Pacers in 6
    2.Heat vs. 7.Knicks=Knicks in 7

    Semi-Finals
    West
    1.Spurs vs. 4.Grizzlies=Spurs in 7
    3.Lakers vs Mavs=Mavs in 6

    East
    4.Celtics vs. 1.Bulls=Celtics in 7
    3.Pacers vs. Knicks=Knicks in 6

    Conference Finals
    1.Spurs vs. 7.Mavs=Spurs in 6
    4.Celtics vs. 7.Knicks=Knicks in 7

    Finals Rematch:Spurs vs Knicks=Spurs in 6

    • marlon green says:

      I can see the Spurs returning to the finals this year but the Knicks? Sorry but these aren’t the same players from 1999.

    • Heat!!!!!!! says:

      Knicks in 7th against the heat, seriously. the heat might had of couple of bad stretches after the all star, but the playoffs are different, teams tend to be carefully construct every possession, and the heat are more than capable of doing that. plus the knicks were lost all 3 games during the regular season, with Jeremy lin and all there starters, and another with carmalo on top of his game. so if ur going to predict at least make sure it makes sense. the heat are a championship caliper team. we wil just have to wait and see, how the teams squire off in the playoffs, as of now LETSSSSSSSSSSSSS GOOOOOOOOOOO HEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • kobe says:

      thanks mavs fan needed a good laugh …knicks in finals..lol

  70. Unbias Laker Fan says:

    Incognito Miami fan posing as a blazer fan? are you that unconfident in your team? lol the Pacers taking Miami farther then the Celtics is just ridiculous and the Lakers losing to Memphis is blasphemy.

  71. Novoken says:

    1.Bulls vs 5.Celtics = Celtics in 7

    You are kidding right? lol Celts dont have a chance….. Bulls all the way!!!

  72. ice_pogi says:

    @Tox
    the Knicks never won a single game against MIAMI… How about watching chandler again getting BLOCKED By 6’4″ guard…LMAO….. how about getting swept by Miami???? They Have a chance beating the bulls rather than playing against MIAMI…..

  73. Erny says:

    Or kobe could go for 82 and break his old record of 81 points per game. He can do it. He has the ability and strenght to do it. And lime mentioned already, he should do it now before its too late in his career.
    Go kobe 24!!!!!!!
    Knock durant off the wall!!!

  74. daniel.b says:

    come kobe lets go for that scoribng title and be the oldeest person to have one

  75. Blazer fan says:

    1.Spurs vs 8.Jazz = Spurs in 7
    4.Grizzlies vs 5.Clippers = Grizzlies in 5
    3.Lakers vs 6.Nuggets = Lakers in 6
    2.Thunder vs 7.Mavs = Mavs in 6

    1.Bulls vs 8.Sixers = Bulls in 4
    4.Hawks vs 5.Celtics = Celtics in 5
    3.Pacers vs 6.Magic = Pacers in 4
    2.Heat vs 7.Knicks = Heat in 6

    1.Spurs vs 4.Grizzlies = Grizzlies in 6
    3.Lakers vs 7.Mavs = Lakers in 7

    1.Bulls vs 5.Celtics = Celtics in 7
    2.Heat vs 3.Pacers = Heat in 7

    3.Lakers vs 4.Grizzlies = Grizzlies in 6

    2.Heat vs 5.Celtics = Heat in 5

    2.Heat vs 4.Grizzlies = Heat in 5

    Finals MVP: LeBron James
    MVP:LeBron James
    Rookie:kyrie Irving
    6th Man:James Harden
    Coach: Frank Vogel
    Most Improved: The asian sensation

    • daniel.b says:

      lol ur taking mavs over thunder and gizzlies over lakers and celtics over bullls.. lol dont think so

      • Joe says:

        If the Grizzlies played the Lakers, it wouldn’t be until the WCF. And this point, Lakers would have been exhausted as their bench is sub par.

        PG Edge – Memphis. Mike Conley is a true PG and will keep Sessions in check w/ D
        Tony Allen can/will shut down Kobe.
        No one on LA can guard Rudy Gay
        Randolph/Gasol/Speights is better than Gasol/Bynum/rest of LA’s bench.

    • Sean says:

      Alot of predictions coming from a blazers fan lmao

    • marlon green says:

      I hope Kobe gets the scoring title because it was rightfully his until he had to sit out due to that nagging shin bruise. It will be the most impressive out of his other 2 because he is 33 and battling a ton of other great scorers in the league.

    • wadefan says:

      lebron should get the mvp for the season.. but whether or not he is better than wade.. wade will always have the extra ring.. and wade takes it to another level in the playoffs.. if they win.. i can almost guarantee it’ll be wade that gets the finals mvp.. and honestly i think it would be a little poetic

      • MV3 says:

        James finals MVP? Your KRAY. It’s all about WADE in the FINALS. LeBron can’t finish for sh##

    • Axe says:

      Grizzlies in the Finals? And Mavs beating Thunder? You must be kidding…

      • Mike says:

        Coming from a Blazerfan!!! What do you expect?? He probably predicted his Blazer team fighitng for final too!!!!!!

    • Imperialism says:

      First Round
      West

      1.Spurs vs. 8 Jazz=Spurs in 4
      4.Grizzlies vs 5.Clippers=Clippers in 7
      3.Lakers vs 6.Nuggets=Lakers in 7
      2.Thunder vs 7.Mavs=Thunder in 6

      East
      1.Bulls vs 8. Sixers=Bulls in 6
      4.Celtics vs. 5.Hawks=Hawks in 7
      3.Pacers vs. 6.Magic=Pacers in 7
      2.Heat vs. 7.Knicks=Heat in 7

      Semi-Finals
      West
      1.Spurs vs. 4.Clippers=Spurs in 5
      2. Thunder vs 3. Lakers=Thunder in 5

      East
      1. Bulls vs. 5 Hawks=Hawks in 7
      2. Heat vs. 3. Pacers=Heat in 5

      Conference Finals
      1.Spurs vs. 2. Thunder = Spurs in 6
      5. Hawks vs. 2. Heat=Heat in 6

      Finals
      2. Heat vs. 1. Spurs= Spurs in 7

      Finals MVP: Tony Parker
      MVP: Kevin Durant
      COY: Pop
      6th Man: James Harden
      ROY: Kyrie Irving
      DPY: Serge Ibaka
      Most Improved Player: James Harden

      • KD says:

        Another Laker fan .. Lakers wont make it past round 2. They are a 1 man team when Kobe plays (Bynum only plays well when Kobe doesnt play) and they will be really poor on the defensive end without metta world peace. Be lucky to beat the Nuggets

      • KD says:

        hahaha sorry wrong comment !

    • RobK says:

      Bulls in 4.. ??…. Celtics in 5…? and especially, Pacers in 4???? Really..???? You’re out of your mind, dude!!

    • HeatH8r says:

      The Mavericks aren’t going to beat the Thunder, lol. I don’t think the Heat can beat the Pacers, and I don’t think the Grizzlies can beat the Lakers.

    • cp3allday says:

      r u stupid the clippers r going to beat the grizzlies

    • Blazer fan says:

      Hahaha all of you laker fans think your right and that your team is amazing,some of you are heat fans who live in clevland,and for the sake im a blazer fan who lives in portland,not a lakers fan who lives in boston, or a heat fan who lives in clevland,All of you guys no nothing so when lebron hoists the trophy,come talk

  76. Come on man says:

    Kobe if you are really good would you just get 40 tonight? Let’s aim for 50 in case if you fall short.

  77. Bruce says:

    I really don’t care about the scoring title. Kobe should sit tonight’s meaningless game out.

  78. BeanTown says:

    Screw you Darko……… Celts all da way…….

    • Davon says:

      agreed Beantown, Celtics are supreme….what the hell is with this Darko guy? Y would anyone refer to themselves as Darko?….c’mon, man

  79. Twoncho says:

    Mamba goes for 40 in three quarters and sits the fourth no matter the score becuase a win or lose dosent matter now,the Lakers are set as the #3 seed in the west. Also the Lakers starters aside from Kobe will not be playing in tonights game. This is probaly Kobe’s last chance to win a scoring title with this being his 16th season and him turning what 34yrs I believe this year. I hope he gets it!!! Go Lakers!!!!

  80. darko says:

    Badmonkeygod

    are you sure ? I think Hawks will beat Celtics .. they are better team than celtics i am fan of Hawks

    • Tox says:

      Yeah sure…

    • Davon says:

      Darko, u sound like a clown and a fool….y on earth do u think the Hawks are better than the C’s?….because they have one more win than them? Really?? are u serious? The Boston Celtics are supreme…period…..just wait and see….then again, u sound like a dude who doesn’t have a crossover and never played an organized game in ur life…..u sound foolish…..banner 18 on the way, clown

      • Leeroy says:

        Whats this garbage about if someone has played an organised game in their life? I’ve been playing ball for 30 years now (still cant give it away) my brother has been watching from the sidelines for 30 years. Doesn’t mean he knows any less then I do. Anyway go Bulls! And I hope Knicks v Heat and knock them out! And Oh Yeah I am a Heat Hater!

  81. Roy says:

    I think New York should throw the game tonight and let Charlotte win. Its a win win situation (well a minor victory for Charlotte at least) Charlotte avoids having the worst all time % and New York gets to face Chicago in the first round. Which they have a better chance of beating then they do against Miami.

    • Tox says:

      Haha! Poor Miami fan, ul get eliminated in the first round by the new york knicks…lmao

      • Bruce says:

        How can you say that seriously, I’m getting tired of hearing New York has to play Chicago. They have a better chance to beat Miami than Chicago and this is why. The Bulls have a solid bench well both teams do actually New York and Chicago have great benches but the Bulls are better even without D-Rose they can still win and hold on leads. As for Miami they play what a 7 8 man rotation their bench is inconsistent and on top of that their starters will be playing 30 plus minutes every game because they can’t trust the bench. New York’s bench can easily hold a lead or if they’re behind they can catch up while the starters rest. New York can take the Heat to a 7 game series and actually come out on top if they play good basketball oh yeah miami can’t handle good defensive teams either haha Anyways Boston for the win!!!!!

      • Davon says:

        I agree with you, Knicks are stewedbums, just playin better because of Woody….they didn’t respect Mike D……..but as far as the NBA playoffs are concerned….the Boston Celtics are supreme…..period…smh….just wait and see….sleep on experience and age…..you’ll see

      • Joao Paulo says:

        Guys, guys, the knicks are pretty much screwed either way

      • The big question is, if Knicks faces Heat, who will guard Wade? Lebron?

    • HeatH8r says:

      The Bulls are better than the Heat, I’d be more concerned about playing Chicago than Miami in the first round

  82. chris says:

    yeah. go team! this great. i so excite!! may the best team wins, yeah man! shoeman yo smart man. this great

  83. Badmonkeygod says:

    Considering that Atlanta almost lost to Boston’s bench, I don’t think the Celts are really concerned about who gets home court tonight. After 4 easy games, they’ll get a nice rest before round 2.

    • KindaLikeTheHeatles says:

      I think the C’s will win, but it won’t be a walk on the park. Atlanta will grab 1, possibly 2 games, just watch…
      Tough the Bulls handled the 76ers in the regular season, it will be a very tough matchup for them, because Rose won’t be even at 85% through the playoffs, and if it is the Knicks they will be restless, take in matters that Melo as just started playing his best basketball a couple a weeks ago and Tyson Chandler, who I belive will end D12 reign of DPY, will prove to be a tough inside presence to deal with.
      The Bulls won’t be in their finest shape against Boston anyway, but personally I would prefer to have Knicks vs Celtics in both Gardens, that would be a lot of fun.
      Anyway I trust Miami to clinch the title this season, I think the well documented Lebron’s shortcomings will change this Spring, he’s confortable in his own skin.

      • Davon says:

        After reading your comments, kindalike, or whatever your name is, it’s clear that u probably never played a game of ball seriously in your life, or played anytype of organized ball….your cliches about people being fine in their own skin….who is this guy….The Boston Celtics are supreme….period…and as far as this age thing is concerned….where u been, under a rock…check your stats b4 making comments, u clown

    • srufus28 says:

      The Celtics will not beat the Hawks….

      OOOOOLD will matter in this war of attrition…. Don’t take too much from that game against your scrubs, because Charlotte has 7 wins this year…it is the NBA. The OLD GREEN is scoring 86pts per game against the Hawks….This isn’t 2008

      The ONLY reason the Celtics have a chance is because we don’t have Horford…if we had Horford you would be done in 5 games.

      “4 easy games”…..You haven’t had one easy game.

      • Chris says:

        HAHA, of course Celticcs will win, they have their starter all rested and good to go for the playoffs

      • Davon says:

        After reading your comments, kindalike, or whatever your name is, it’s clear that u probably never played a game of ball seriously in your life, or played anytype of organized ball….your cliches about people being fine in their own skin….who is this guy….The Boston Celtics are supreme….period…and as far as this age thing is concerned….where u been, under a rock…check your stats b4 making comments, u clown

      • Lee says:

        You’re right, this isnt 2008, but Atlanta still hasn’t done anything relevant past the first round. The hawks are just another decent regular season team that lacks leadership, tenacity, and deep playoff experience. The only way hawks make it out of this round is if the celtics take on a key injury. Chuck said it the best, Atlanta is just a bunch of nice guys.

    • RobK says:

      Haaaa… I’m not an Atlanta fan but it won’t be that easy for the Celtics. 6 games, at least…

      • Davon says:

        the Boston Celtics are supreme…..Period

      • HAHA!! “the Boston Celtics are supreme…..Period” ???????? dude, are you even watching the NBA?? probably yes back in 2008, or should i say back in the days of Larry Bird. Man, you should visit NBA.com on a daily basis so you’ll see how the C’s are performing this season. Yes they’re a team locked as a playoff ocntender, but SUPREME??? i ususally hear those kinda statements from a MENTALLY RETARDED PERSON. :p

      • The C’s are NOT EVEN CLOSE as a Title Conteder